I first became cognizant of the growl of the single coil pickup on an Emerson Lake & Palmer rip-off of an orchestral piece by Janacek, "Knife-Edge'. Back then I was in HS, bass was a second instrument, & yes my Rickenbacher growled a bit, but I had flat wound strings-- it was a subtle growl. Right at the time I quit bass, I saw Chick Correa perform at Symphony Hall right down the street from Berklee College of Music, where I attendey major instrument was trumpet. This was Jan. '75, Stanley Clarke's new bass was his fabled Alembic. I never heard anything like it, so ferocious, intense, so angry. (Check out Vulcan Worlds on Correa's " Where have I known you before" album. I was very intrigued & affected by that sound. On a level I regretted abandoning the bass. (As a Berklee student I asked Steve Swallow for private lessons--he declined saying "only bass majors" get lessons from him. So to the point. Recently I took up bass again, & I am modding my Squire Active Deluxe V Jazz Bass to a VI string. I only paid $200 for it used. It's amazing. I'm using DR Fatbeams & with the slap switch on & the mid/hi eq turned up, I am getting something amazingly close to the Marcus Miller sound. Two problems: a) my low b is very weak, c) MMs sound is beefier. Of course that's to be expected. My pickups are standard Jazz single coils with a ceramic bar magnet, & my active eq circuit's not a Bartolini or Aguilar. (My amp gear is a Hartke LH-500 & an SWR Goliath III cab.) As I make the conversion to a 6 string I want to regime the sound. One option is take my Carvin J99a's off my lifeless Ibanez SR406 & put them on the Squier. However, I suspect the surprising quality of sound that I have is a result of the interface between the cheap pickups & cheap Active electronics. (Yes, I know 100, 1k &10k aren't optimal center frequencies.) Changing one (pickups) or the other (EQ) may require, or necessitate changing both. (Switching out the existing Active preamp/EQ to an Aguilar's not an option at this point.) So the first step is to try getting a beefier sound via an MXR m-108 eq pedal. The eq pedal could be very use full in many ways. I do perform live backing up a folk/pop/rock/jazz performer. I think the ultimate bass folk/rock accompaniment sound would come from a P or PJ bass. Nothing beats the punch of a split coil pickup & traditional hex core strings. I don't want to have to use several basses on one gig. In theory I could take a spectrum analysis of a P bass, & try to duplicate it on my Jazz bass using the eq pedal. Of course it will still be a compromise at best. My flexible round core DRs will never equal the hard punchy attack of a stiffer hex-core string. Furthermore, the DR Fatbeams give off a bright prominent "chif" when struck rapidly (So do "bright" GHS or D'adario hex core strings) particularly used with single coil pickups. That chifing (chiffing ?) sound isn't desirable when playing James Taylor or Bob Dylan. When playing rapid triplets or quarter notes in the lower register it can be muddy. Marcus Miller turns down the mid-hi EQ while accompanying in the background, and he produces a decent generic sound. If all fails I will install the Carvins, though I'm pissed off I bought them 2 months prior to the JVA 99s. I hear ceramic single coils have to have the strings aligned between the pole pieces, yet 2 people on this website report no I'll effect with the pickups after the 5-6 string conversion. Any insight or suggestions?